My Werewolf System - chapter-194-the-next-step
Walking down the streets of Slough, one particular teenage boy was
getting strange looks from the passers-by. All because of the look on his
face. Right now, Gary was spouting a grin so wide that his eyes were
almost closed, and one couldn’t help but look and wonder if the high
schooler was actually okay.
Funnily enough, Gary didn’t notice any of that. Right now, he was in
his own world, feeling better than ever before. Entering the Wolf’s
Pool Club, the first thing Gary did, without evening looking inside, was
“Today’s a great day!”
The other Howlers had opened the place a while ago, and there were
already a few customers inside playing pool and eating a few snacks,
though the majority were from Austin’s school. As quick as they looked
at Gary, they quickly carried on doing what they were doing before.
One person, though, noticed the smile and almost dropped the tray that
was in his hand.
“No, it can’t be… she actually said yes?” Innu’s mouth was left
Gary didn’t say anything, he just placed an apron on himself as he went
to ask all their customers if they wanted anything, making sure to praise
their place’s membership program, trying to win them over as loyal
customers. Unsurprisingly, his attitude didn’t win him any friends,
yet, once again, he didn’t seem to care.
Meanwhile, Innu needed to sit down for a bit, occupying a seat on the
stool by the counter.
Although he didn’t know Xin very well, she was a pretty girl, and, as
mean as it might sound, he had actually had made a few plans for what
would happen after Gary had been rejected. With his head down, the last
thing Innu had expected was for him to get pulled by the hem of his
shirt, nearly getting dragged across the counter.
“Would you elaborate on that bit about someone saying yes?” Marie
‘requested’ with a smile on her face. Innu felt like he was staring
death straight in the eyes. Peeking down, he could see two concealed
blades which she had trained with daily, and he was currently very afraid
that she might choose to use them on him.
“Hey, hey, what’s the big deal? What exactly do you plan on doing
once I tell you, Marie?” Innu asked nervously, unaware where this
sudden anger had come from. In the end, she soon let go as Gary walked
past, grabbing a drink from the fridge.
She then smiled at him and gave him a light wave, as he walked back, Gary
returning the gesture. For the second time today, Innu was left with his
mouth wide open, as his eyes went back and forth between Marie and Gary.
“Yo-you-yo- you li-“
“Shut up!” Marie hissed at him, quickly placing her hand over
Innu’s mouth. It was impossible to tell what she planned to do
afterward, but luckily for him, a customer came over, saving him from
impending doom. He couldn’t believe the complete change in behaviour
the high school girl displayed towards the customer as he placed his
‘Why the hell are all the cute girls after Gary? And I bet that guy
doesn’t even know about Marie’s feelings! Seeing it in person is even
more annoying than in those dramas.’ Innu would have loved to cry out
his frustration, but now was neither the place nor the time. ‘Damn, is
it his green hair? Should I dye mine as well?’
The day continued and as the sky started to turn dark, business hours
were over. They weren’t risking another incident like what had happened
before. Although they assumed it wouldn’t happen again… not anytime
soon at least.
Today, though, it was a bit more special than usual, as Kai had a serious
face on. He informed them all that there was something he wanted to talk
about now the place was open for business again. Currently, the Howlers
were all sitting down on the sofa on the other side of the counter behind
the pool tables.
Kai was the only one standing. Due to the tension in the room, even Gary
finally snapped out of his earlier daze, focused on what Kai was about to
“First of all, great job everyone. Now that the Wolf’s Pool Club is
back in business again, we can finally start making some money as a
gang.” Kai started. “Thankfully, with the money the grey colour gang
‘generously donated’ we were able to pay for the repairs. After a few
more days like this, profit will be no problem, but there is a reason why
businesses don’t last long in Slough, and that’s because what
happened to us could happen again.
“The good news is, now that the grey colour gang is gone, we don’t
have to worry about them coming after us. In the meantime, the red colour
gang are scrapping around doing the Grey Elephant’s bidding, and it
looks like a fight between the Underdogs and the Grey Elephants is on the
Hearing this news, Innu and Austin were very shocked. The gang war
between two colour gangs had caused the police to quarantine the entire
Chavley area, simply because they had lacked the manpower to do anything
about it. What would happen if two big time gangs would have a go at each
“Now I don’t yet know when it will happen, but if I were to make a
careful estimate, probably in one week at the earliest, one to two months
at the latest. Either way, no matter which gang wins, they’ll have
suffered serious losses, to the point they won’t have the manpower to
claim the territory that they have won.
“In those times, the smaller gangs will come in and swoop in on the
loser’s business. Now here’s where the problems begin, as a
small-time gang ourselves, we’ll be dragged into that mess, whether
we’ll like it or not. While the rumours about us caused the grey colour
gang’s disbandment are great to keeping gangs in line, it will also get
us targeted in the upcoming war.
“I, for one, don’t want to be caught with my trousers down, which is
why I called this meeting. Right now, we need to do a few things. The
Howler’s need to grow our gang reputation to protect this place,
strength, and money. Now what if I told you there was a way to get all of
that at once?” Kai smiled mischievously.
As expected, the blonde teenager already had a plan.
“Aside from the colour gangs, which are now down to black and red,
there are five small-time gangs that made a bit of a name for themselves.
Their territory isn’t really worth mentioning, and the colour gangs
have used them as sort of puffer zones.
“What we’ll do, before everyone starts fighting for scraps, is to go
and pay each one of them a visit. While the colour gangs might not have
cared about them, for the Howlers, they’ll serve as perfect stepping
stones. We’ll take over their territory, and spread our name.
“If our leader agrees, of course!” Kai looked over to Gary. Now the
others did so too, waiting for an answer.
A war between the Underdogs and Grey Elephants. Both gangs had a reason
to go after Gary, and if this is what they needed to do to face them head
on, if this is what Kai thought was the best for them, then he would
gladly lead them.
“Of course,” Gary answered.